William Trowbridge & Shanan Ballam - Salt Lake City

William Trowbridge & Shanan Ballam

William Trowbridge & Shanan Ballam

William Trowbridge & Shanan Ballam

Oct 24, 2018, 7:00 pm


William Trowbridge & Shanan Ballam

Book Title

Vanishing Point & Pretty Marrow


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Salt Lake City Public Library
210 E 400 S
Salt Lake City , UT 84111-2804
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City Art presents poets William Trowbridge and Shanan Ballam at the City Library on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 PM.

William Trowbridge served as Poet Laureate of the State of Missouri from 2012-2016. His poetry publications include six full collections: Put This On, Please (Red Hen Press, 2014), Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011), The Complete Book of Kong (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2003), Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger (University of Arkansas Press, 2000, 1995, 1989). He has also published three chapbooks, The Packing House Cantata (Camber Press, 2006), The Four Seasons (Red Dragonfly Press, 2001), and The Book of Kong (Iowa State University Press, 1986).

His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks, as well as in such periodicals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, Columbia, Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Epoch, and New Letters. He has given readings and workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, and literary conferences throughout the United States. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and The Anderson Center.

He is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, where he was an editor of The Laurel Review/GreenTower Press from 1986 to 2004. Now living in Lee’s Summit, MO, he teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program.

Trowbridge's review of Shanan Ballam's Pretty Marrow notes that the book "Is the work of a mature poet, one of remarkable talent. These poems electrify with the boldness of Olds and the fierceness and musical mastery of Plath. Rooted in rural Utah, they reflect an external landscape where stunning natural beauty is under siege as 'a backhoe guts/ the wetland, crushes cattails,/ carves a slow, muddy canal' and where 'family' often functions as a hazard warning. But the main landscape, darkly alluring as a haunted forest, is internal. Throughout the collection, Ballam probes and, finally, celebrates 'the tender violence of our singularity.' This book deserves a spot high up on your must-read list."

Shanan Ballam is a Senior Lecturer for the Utah State University English Department where she teaches poetry writing, fiction writing, and composition. She is the author of the chapbook The Red Riding Hood Papers (Finishing Line 2010) and a full-length poetry manuscript Pretty Marrow (Negative Capability 2013), a semi-finalist for the 2010 Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes, the 2010 May Swenson Award, the 2010 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and the 2012 Louise Bogan Award; in 2012 it received first place in the Utah Division of Arts and Museums Original Writing Contest, judged by Sue Walker, former Poet Laureate of Alabama. In 2013, Ballam was appointed to the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors and served a 4-year term.

This event is made possible with support from The City Library, City Art, and Utah Humanities.